Blu-ray dominates Japanese HD recorder sales

High definition media like HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc has increase to account for just under 20 per cent of Japanese consumers' retail recorder purchases, numbers from market watcher GfK show. And of the two HD formats, Blu-ray has been outselling HD DVD by a hefty margin.

For the week ending 12 November 2007, DVD's share of the Japanese retail disc recorder sales was 80.2 per cent, down from 83.4 per cent the previous week, GfK's figures - supplied, we should say, by the Japanese wing of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) - show. For the previous three weeks, moving backwards, DVD's share was 84.8 per cent, 91.9 per cent and 94.7 per cent, respectively.

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Who cares? You'd have to be very close minded to chose an inferior product because the best option comes from a foreign company. And HD-DVD is also backed by a big japanese firm too. The reason is probably Blu-ray actually having a variety of recorders out there, and Toshiba only focusing in the american market.

to those talking about home loyalty look at the founding companies for each... One is more Japanese than the other... and it's not the blu-ray

Blu Ray - Sony Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics

HD-DVD - Toshiba Corporation, Hitachi Corporation

to those talking about home loyalty look at the founding companies for each... One is more Japanese than the other... and it's not the blu-ray

Blu Ray - Sony Corporation, Royal Philips Electronics

HD-DVD - Toshiba Corporation, Hitachi Corporation

Not quite accurate.

Blu-ray: Sony, Philips, Panasonic, Pioneer

HD DVD: Toshiba, NEC

Hitachi is a member of the BDA.

Japanese are only going for Blu-Ray becouse it sound like the name of a fish... they think they can harpoon it and eat it... :p


Stupid comment I know...


I just think the Japs are going loyal to there home brand.

Saying Blu-Ray is doing good in Japan is just a big a 'no ****' statement as 360 is doing good in the US. Japanese are heavily brand loyal and Sony backs Blu-Ray.

Goes to show how much better alternative Blu-ray is for recording.

Note that this is just statistics for recorders though.

But as for recorders, Blu-ray definitely looks more interesting to me so far, despite HD-DVD's claims of their upcoming three-layer disc. There are just two problems with that: 1) they aren't out, 2) they'd merely catch up with existing BD-R capacity.

As for regular players, HD movies, and stuff, I couldn't care less which format ends up winning there, but I hope to see a high capacity format for recording prevailing with decent prices. So far, there's not much competition in that arena for Blu-ray. No, there doesn't even seem to be a price competition.